For Christmas, received a Baofeng UV5R radio. He didn't have an amateur radio license, so he decided to use it as a police scanner. Since the schematics were available, he cracked it open and hacked it.
This $40 radio communicates on the 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz bands. It uses a one-time programmable microcontroller and the RDA1846 transceiver. With the power traces to the MCU cut, was able to send his own signals to the chip over I2C using an Arduino.
The second acquisition of my recently established vintage computer collection is an Apple PowerBook 170, donated to me by a coworker.
The original power supply was shot, and the NiCd battery had leaked, but I was able to find an alternate power supply and boot it up! Unfortunately, the internal SCSI 40MB drive is no longer recognized by the system, so I’ll need to find an alternative mass storage device (or just stick with the 3.5″ 800K disks that my friends have shared with me).
Inspired by The Byte Cellar (http://www.bytecellar.com/), I’ve just started building my vintage computer collection, starting with the Apple IIgs.
As you can see by the photos in the set, it is in remarkably good condition, and it came with all of the original boxes, manuals, and receipts!
Unfortunately, the original monitor is not functioning correctly (blown capacitors, I assume), so I’ve been using my DLP TV as a monitor. I’ve purchased a DB-15 to HD-15 (RGB to VGA) physical adapter and attempted to hook it up to a LCD monitor, but the scan range produced by the Apple IIgs (15.7khz, iirc) is far below the range of the LCD.
One of my favorite Windows utilities, MiniBin, has just been retired by its developer, so I’m creating a post here to make the download available after its binaries get pulled from the original website.
MiniBin is a free recycle bin for your Microsoft Windows system tray area; the area next to the clock in your taskbar.
Please note that the MiniBin project has ended. This means: no more updates and no more support. Yes, I know… but it had to end somewhere. MiniBin was first published in 2004 and enjoyed updates until 2012. As it’s bug-free and feature-complete in it’s current state, I decided it’s time to move on to new horizons.
For the time being, you can still download the final version of MiniBin, the recycle bin for your system. But this download will vanish into the void within the not so far future. So, get it while it’s still available!
I can’t believe that I had overlooked this application at first, but I’m glad that I finally started using it. So far, this is the best free Python IDE that I’ve found, and it’s a fantastic general text editor as well!
Editra as Python IDE
Here’s the official guide on how to set up Editra as a Python IDE: